The Hancock Boys

The Hancock Boys

by Thomas William Simpson

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The Hancock Boys 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Bookmarque on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was an odd book. It was written from the omniscient point of view and since I don¿t read a lot that is written like that, it was a little disconcerting. Instead of limited knowledge building suspense, it was who would get to the twins first. It seems that all their enemies decided to come after them at once. Even those who weren¿t enemies per se (like his wife who knew all along there were two of them, she just wanted to confront them about it and go on living with both of them) came out of the woodwork.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most unusual books I've read in a long time. It kept me reading until I finished it in 2 days Even though I had to work. I will read all of Simpson's books. Why isn't he more well-known? I just wish one of the brothers had been saved. But I guess justice was served because they both aided and abetted each other even though only one was truly a killer. What a book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Simpson's titles and this ranks in the middle of a library full of great stories. Having just moved to the beach I can say with some authority now that is was an excellent beach read. The mystery of who did what (and not just the title characters) keeps one reading from start to finish, not wanting to put the book down until the very end. The only titles by Simpson that are better are Full Moon Over America (the best political satire I've read-if his publisher is thinking of releasing this in paperback election year is the perfect time) and Gypsy Storyteller. Unfortunately both these titles are out of print but the determined reader can find them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you read for enjoyment, this is your book. I wasn't able to put it down. I actually skipped work to finish reading it. If you are a twin, it makes you wonder how hard it would be to really pull it off. This book is worth every minute invested. A+
harstan More than 1 year ago
As children, twin brothers John and Will Hancock learned how easy it is to fool everyone and switch places. In 1982, Will died in a skin diving accident off the coast of Belize. However, in truth the siblings pulled off a fresh scam. Over the next seventeen years, one brother would remain home in Boston writing novels while the other would travel the world. Each month Will and John switched places. They are so good at this John¿s wife and sons do not realize what is happening.

In 1999, problems surface. The person who helped pull off the Belize ploy wants hush money. Babe Overton believes the Hancocks killed her fiancé, slimy attorney Frank Hagstrom. Psychopath Dicky Cosgrove knows that Hancock killed his sister. As this motley crew converge, John and Will stop trusting one another, leaving both to believe that one of the siblings must actually disappear permanently.

Is the main theme of THE HANCOCK BOYS a major stretch? Yes, but so what since the tale is a one sitting thriller in spite of its length. The fabulous story line is complex with multiple subplots that all tie together into an exciting climax. The narration changes from the past to the present and back depending on the subplot, but Thomas William Simpson smoothly expedites the tale so that the story line never slows down for a nanosecond. The pivotal support cast forces the twins into a final showdown. T this book belongs to the siblings, whose clever deception and growing desperation will hook the audience from start to finish.

Harriet Klausner